Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Thursday 14th May 2020


The EU-funded mPower team, at NHS Western Isles, has adapted its working practices, to continue helping the housebound during the coronavirus outbreak.

mPower uses digital support to enable elderly people, in remote areas to live safely and independently in their own homes, by introducing them to various health and wellbeing assistance.

Sue Long, mPower, leads the four-person team covering the whole of the Western Isles, helping the elderly and those who have long-term health conditions and chronic illnesses, to create wellbeing plans, in a bid to improve their day to day lives.

Sue Long commented:

“One of the main things we've been focusing on over the past couple of months is keeping people connected. All care homes across the Western Isles have been supplied with iPads by the NHS, so we've been helping residents use this technology to keep in touch with their families

“We have trained the Care Home Managers how to allow the family meetings to happen. The ‘daily ceilidh’ for residents in Bernera and Uig, is another great example It’s an online coffee morning that takes place every day, where people can come together and chat to others.

“Videoconferencing technology is also being used to remotely connect people with health professionals, so they don’t have to be seen by a doctor in person. This is hugely helpful for people who live in remote communities across the Western Isles.”



The Government’s scheme to support the self-employed is now open. Self-employed or members of partnerships whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus, will be able to apply for a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant, worth 80% of their average monthly trading profits.

Payments will be a single instalment covering three months and capped at £7,500. The money is expected to be in bank accounts, within six working days of each claim.



An Lanntair have announced a collaboration between dance teacher Kirstie Anderson and theatre practitioner Laura Cameron Lewis, The movement specialists will deliver innovative and free, dance and drama lessons for young islanders.

P4-P7 and S1-S4 young people can learn the basics of contemporary and creative dance and get expressive with online drama classes.
Classes will be delivered through Zoom, and class info is available on An Lanntair’s website:

The Dance and Drama online sessions are FREE but booking is essential. Classes begin next week and run for 10 weeks